Islamabad: Ministry of Information & Technology (IT) and Telecommunication spokesperson said that with the Universal Service Fund (USF), the ministry has awarded six ‘Next Generation Broadband for Sustainable Development (NGBSD)’ project contracts for the socio-economic uplift of un-served and served areas of the country during July to December 2019, according to news sources.
These projects amount to a total of PKR 2.8 billion and aim to help provide high-speed mobile broadband access to nine million people living across 13 districts.
All these programmes are aimed to stimulate economic growth, trigger financial inclusion, create employment opportunities and improve various social and industrial sectors. The NGBSD projects are also helping Pakistan in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and create a conducive environment for the Prime Minister’s Digital Pakistan Programme.
As per the official reports, the USF has spent over PKR 56.013 billion to promote basic telephony and mobile broadband services across served and unserved areas of Pakistan, since its foundation year 2007. The USF Policy Committee has also approved an annual budget of PKR 9.517 billion for the fund’s expenditure in FY 2019-2020.